Bell Park

  • 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60634 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Crystal Loza
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5008

Located in the Montclare Community (on Oak Park Avenue, midway between Belmont & Diversey Avenues), Bell Park covers almost 4 acres and has a small fieldhouse. Outside, the park features two junior baseball fields, a volleyball court, two tennis courts, and a playground with a spray feature.

Recreation includes dodgeball, flag- or Frisbee-football, Foosball, gymnastics, kickball, seasonal sports, and soccer. Cultural programming includes Fun with Food, arts & crafts, jewelry-making, paper craft, and water color painting. Socialization skills / friendship-building includes Pre-Teen Club and Table Games.

Tot / preschoolers can enjoy a variety of fun, educational, and recreational programs—which includes the only summer play camp (for ages 4-5) in the Montclare area. From Fun & Games, Play Group, Preschool, and Storytime to Kids Fitness, seasonal sports, soccer, t-ball, and tumbling. The 3-yr.-old preschool is also offered with a 3-yr.-old playgroup. There is even a Mom & Tot arts & crafts class (for ages 18-36 months with their parent/caregiver).

The six-week summer camp is a big hit with youth (ages 6-12). The teen art camp designed a mural, which is on the east side of the fieldhouse, showing the different seasons at Bell Park.

History

Bell Park takes its name from Major General George Bell, Jr. (1859-1926), who led American troops in the Spanish American War and in the Philippine Insurrection of 1903. Bell also commanded the 33rd, or Prairie, Division of the Allied Expeditionary Force during World War I, and won the Distinguished Service medal for his efforts. Bell Park is among the thirteen parks created by the Northwest Park District. Established in 1911, the park district was one of 22 park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. The Northwest Park District purchased land for the park in 1927 at the request of the Mont Clare Boosters Improvement Association, which hoped to raise land values in the surrounding neighborhood. Shortly thereafter, citizens petitioned for the installation of a fieldhouse. They had a long wait. Although the Northwest District built a playground, shelter house, and wading pool before 1930, a fieldhouse was not constructed until 1954, almost 25 years later.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Bell Diamond Baseball

Bell Diamond Baseball

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Bell Fieldhouse

Bell Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Hours: , ,

Bell Soccer Field Youth

Bell Soccer Field Youth

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Bell Clubrooms

Bell Clubrooms

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Bell Playground

Bell PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Spring 2015, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Bell Tennis Courts

Bell Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Bell Volleyball

Bell Volleyball

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Bell Spray Pool

Bell Spray Pool

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 2016.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Bell 184177Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 14:30From September 21, 2016 to June 7, 2017$125.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Bell 163136Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2016 to June 8, 2017$124.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Bell 169329InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$13.00
Crafting at Bell 169760InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$0
Family Arts and Crafts at Bell 187152InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$13.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Bell 187153InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 21:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$13.00
Fun and Games at Bell 187156InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Bell 187154InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$16.00
Homework Time at Bell 187157InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$6.00
Kiddie College - Winter at Bell 184173InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
$41.00
Kiddie College - Winter at Bell 184170InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9:30am to Noon
$41.00
Music and Movement at Bell 187155InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$11.00
Storytime & Crafts at Bell 187158InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/01/13 19:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$10.00
Table Games at Bell 171196OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 21:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$6.00

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Located in the Montclare Community (on Oak Park Avenue, midway between Belmont & Diversey Avenues), Bell Park covers almost 4 acres and has a small fieldhouse. Outside, the park features two junior baseball fields, a volleyball court, two tennis courts, and a playground with a spray feature.

Recreation includes dodgeball, flag- or Frisbee-football, Foosball, gymnastics, kickball, seasonal sports, and soccer. Cultural programming includes Fun with Food, arts & crafts, jewelry-making, paper craft, and water color painting. Socialization skills / friendship-building includes Pre-Teen Club and Table Games.

Tot / preschoolers can enjoy a variety of fun, educational, and recreational programs—which includes the only summer play camp (for ages 4-5) in the Montclare area. From Fun & Games, Play Group, Preschool, and Storytime to Kids Fitness, seasonal sports, soccer, t-ball, and tumbling. The 3-yr.-old preschool is also offered with a 3-yr.-old playgroup. There is even a Mom & Tot arts & crafts class (for ages 18-36 months with their parent/caregiver).

The six-week summer camp is a big hit with youth (ages 6-12). The teen art camp designed a mural, which is on the east side of the fieldhouse, showing the different seasons at Bell Park.

Bell Park takes its name from Major General George Bell, Jr. (1859-1926), who led American troops in the Spanish American War and in the Philippine Insurrection of 1903. Bell also commanded the 33rd, or Prairie, Division of the Allied Expeditionary Force during World War I, and won the Distinguished Service medal for his efforts. Bell Park is among the thirteen parks created by the Northwest Park District. Established in 1911, the park district was one of 22 park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. The Northwest Park District purchased land for the park in 1927 at the request of the Mont Clare Boosters Improvement Association, which hoped to raise land values in the surrounding neighborhood. Shortly thereafter, citizens petitioned for the installation of a fieldhouse. They had a long wait. Although the Northwest District built a playground, shelter house, and wading pool before 1930, a fieldhouse was not constructed until 1954, almost 25 years later.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.